Plaintiffs lawyers are filing an increasing number of class actions under state consumer-protection laws in conjunction with, or in place of, traditional personal injury class actions, which have become too difficult in recent years to certify.
The trend is so pronounced that in some litigation — such as in recent class actions involving the potential health dangers of Teflon cookware and alleged hearing loss associated with Apple Inc.’s iPod — plaintiffs lawyers haven’t filed a single injury claim.
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